iOS 8 AirPlay broadcasts to Apple TV without Wi-Fi

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2014

Apple’s current implementation of AirPlay, its media streaming technology, requires a Mac or iOS device to be on the same Wi-Fi network as an AirPlay receiver, which in most scenarios is the Apple TV. While seamless, AirPlay in its current form makes it impossible to use in places where you don’t have access to a local Wi-Fi network.

Feeling your pain, Apple in iOS 8 has implemented zero-configuration peer-to-peer networking between AirPlay devices. This lets you broadcast whatever content from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your Apple TV, even if these devices are not on the same local network… Read More

 

The best new features from the Messages app in iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

Without a doubt, I believe that quick reply for Messages was by far the most wanted feature of iOS 8 for the majority of long-time users. It’s a feature that has been egregiously overlooked by Apple with seemingly little explanation.

This morning’s keynote address finally brought an end to the wait, as native quick reply was revealed in all its glory on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To be honest, the keynote seemed to teeter on the side of fan service, but I’m certainly not complaining, especially when a part of that fan service is the long-awaited quick reply.

After installing the beta of iOS 8, one of the first things I’ve begun to play around with is the stock Message app, and of course, perhaps the most anticipated feature in iOS 8: quick reply. Have a look at our video walkthrough of some of the most prominent iOS 8 Messages app features. Read More

 

Here’s what it’s like to install iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

I’m in a hotel room Kyoto, Japan right now and it’s 5 am in the morning, but I wouldn’t miss this for anything. Like you, I just got finished watching the WWDC keynote, and I was blown away by what Apple unveiled.

Of course, there was no new hardware revealed at WWDC, but that was pretty much expected. What we didn’t expect, was to have our socks knocked off by iOS 8, as it seemed that this year was the year of OS X Yosemite.

It was, indeed, a big year for Yosemite, but I believe iOS 8 stole the show. Thinks like third-party keyboard support, the Health app, quick reply, and Inter-app communication stole the show.

With all of that said, I wanted to bring you a first video showcasing the install process for iOS 8. If you’ve ever installed iOS 7, then you pretty much know what to expect here, as its very similar. Check out our install video, and check back for more breakdowns of the new features offered in iOS 8. Read More

 

Apple posts ‘Apps We Can’t Live Without’ video from WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

Apple opened up this morning’s WWDC keynote with a video about developers and the apps they make for Apple’s devices. Unsurprisingly, the clip was well-done and paid tribute to the strong app ecosystem developers have helped build for Mac and iOS.

For those that missed the presentation, Apple just posted the clip to its YouTube channel. It’s called ‘Apps We Can’t Live Without,’ and it highlights a number of apps that are being used in various fields and professions. And we’ve got it for you after the fold… Read More

 

How to add Alt+Tab functionality to your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2014

Flipflop is a jailbreak tweak that brings Alt+Tab-esque functionality to iOS by means of a handy Activator action. The tweak can be assigned to any available Activator gesture, but the developer hints that the Home button is best suited as the means of which to activate the tweak.

If you’re looking to be able to quickly switch back and forth between two apps, then Flipflop is a jailbreak release that will give you such functionality. Take a gander at our video walkthrough past the jump. Read More

 

Concept imagines how Apple could implement Home screen widgets in iOS

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014

Ah, the widgets. Among the defining Android features, widgets regularly find themselves on top of many people’s wish list for iOS. Apple does not provide iOS widget functionality, though it’s a non-issue to folks who are jailbroken thanks to literally hundreds, if not thousands, of widgets in Cydia.

I guess you could go as far as saying widgets are one of the prime allures of jailbreaking. While no one outside Apple can’t really tell whether or not the company will ever allow widgets into the App Store, we can always speculate: there’s (some) hope for widgets in iOS as Tim Cook alluded to opening up iOS a little bit more for third party developers in the future.

Until that day comes, non-jailbreakers are stuck with a bunch of concepts. Enter Jay Machalani, the brains behind this remarkable concept envisioning widgets in iOS. ‘iOS Blocks’, as he calls them, resemble Live Tiles in Windows and can be moved around and placed anywhere on the Home screen with a simple gesture… Read More

 

Watch the full Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine interview at Code Conference

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014

Having originally anticipated sending its online services and software engineering chiefs, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, to speak at Recode.net’s Recode Conference, Apple’s changed its mind after announcing the $3 billion Beats buy and has opted to dispatch Beats co-founder and music mogul Jimmy Iovine instead of Craig.

My colleague Cody has published several articles covering the two men’s appearance at the conference. Based on a couple video snippets Recode published earlier this week, we’ve heard that Apple’s best product pipeline in 25 years is coming later in 2014, learned about the latest iTunes stats and gotten amused by Eddy Cue’s opinion on the current state of TV (in short, it “sucks”).

The interview is now available for streaming straight from Recode and I’ve included the full video for your viewing pleasure right after the break… Read More

 

FlipCam: a quicker way to switch between the front and rear-facing camera

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

FlipCam is an extremely simple jailbreak tweak that does one thing and one thing only. FlipCam allows you to quickly switch between the front-facing camera and rear-facing camera using a long press on the camera viewfinder.

At times I find that the button used to switch between views is in a difficult to reach spot, because it’s located in the upper right-hand corner of the Camera app interface. FlipCam makes it easy to switch between each camera view, because the viewfinder is always within reach. Take a glance at our video walkthrough after the break for more information. Read More

 

StatusPeek: replace the Notification Center grabber with the status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

StatusPeek is an interesting new Cydia release that does something pretty cool. It allows you to replace the little grabber icon—the thing that appears when invoking Notification Center while in a full-screen app—with something useful: the status bar.

In essence, StatusPeek allows you to quickly look at the contents of the stock status bar—the bar the normally resides at the top of the screen, which contains the time, signal strength, etc.—while within a full-screen application.

In a default state, full-screen apps remove the status bar to allow for more screen real estate, so having the status bar more easily at ones disposal makes perfect sense. Check out our video walkthrough inside to see how StatusPeek works. Read More

 

How to make the stock Camera app more minimal

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

MinimalCamera is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to remove the UI elements from the stock Camera app’s viewfinder. It works in all modes, including photo mode and video modes.

This tweak provides users with a simple and distraction free canvas for composing new shots. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to catch a glimpse of MinimalCamera in action. Read More

 

OkSiri: always-on voice recognition for Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

One of my favorite things about Android is the “OK Google” command that allows you to perform quick voice searches on a whim. Now iPhone users can (sort of) join in on the fun.

OkSiri is a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings always-on voice recognition to iOS 7 devices. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for a demonstration of how it works. Read More

 

Complete Me Not: remove the ‘Complete My Album’ button from the stock Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

The Complete My Album button in the stock Music app is found for incomplete albums that you purchased via iTunes. For example, if you download one or two popular songs from an artist, Apple will try to up-sell you (for lack of a better word) the rest of the album using a convenient button.

I wrote all about the Complete My Album feature in our ultimate Music App guide, so I recommend you check that out to learn more. But if you already know how Complete My Album works, then you know why Complete Me Not would be a handy tweak to have at your disposal. Take a look at our video walkthrough after the break for all of the details. Read More

 

How to make iOS do a barrel roll

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

If you’re my age (32) then you’re probably very familiar with where the “Do a Barrel Roll” meme originated. It was from Star Fox 64, a game for the Nintendo 64. In it, one of the protagonists instructs you to “Do a Barrel” roll, which allowed you to miraculously dodge hails of bullets.

The phrase has since been eternalized by means of the Internet, and even Google got in on the fun with a hidden feature built into its search. iPhone users can now make iOS do a barrel roll as well. It’s possible by means of a recently developed tweak by Ryan Petrich.

The tweak, which is appropriately entitled BarrelRoll, allows you to make your iPhone do a Barrel Roll on command. Have a look at our video walkthrough for the full scoop. Read More

 

‘Volume Mixer’ brings granular control to iOS’ audio categories

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

Volume Mixer is a jailbreak tweak that resides in Notification Center. It allows you to independently control the different audio categories in iOS at any time.

If you’ve ever used an Android device, then you may be familiar with the concept of controlling different volume entities like Bluetooth, Ringtones, AV, Headsets, Phone, etc. You can control those entities individually without actually being within a respective active audio session.

Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the break to see Volume Mixer in action. Read More

 

‘AlbumSnapper’ is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

AlbumSnapper—the awesome new jailbreak tweak that allows you to create and assign photos to albums on the fly—is now available for download on Cydia. The tweak, which is available for $0.99, was reviewed a few weeks ago and was met with a positive response.

To use AlbumSnapper, just tap the Album button that appears next to the front facing camera button inside of the stock Camera app. Doing so will invoke a sheet that allows you to select a designated album for the photos that you snap. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of the tweak after the jump. Read More

 

Random strangers react to iPhone 6 dummy

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2014

You’ve seen kids react to such ancient technology as the Apple II, but how about your average Joe’s reaction after being shown a mockup of a piece of future technology? That’s exactly what led the guys over at UrAvgConsumer to take to the streets of New York City and ask normals to share their impressions on a dummy unit of the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Reactions vary from ‘beautiful, I like it’ to a complete disbelief. The video is right after the break so give it a watch and meet us in comments… Read More

 

Kids react to Apple II: ‘too much pixelation’, ‘where’s the mouse’ and ‘I don’t get the 1970s’

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2014

The Fine Brothers (Benny and Rafi Fine) have made a name for themselves with their popular React video series, comprised of shows like Kids React, Teens React, Elders React and YouTubers React.

In the latest episode of the Kids React show, today’s generation of 6-13-year-olds get confused by an Apple II, one of the first mass-produced computers designed primarily by Steve Wozniak… Read More

 

‘AltKeyboard 2′ is a great sequel to the original keyboard enhancing tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 25, 2014

AltKeyboard 2 is a follow-up to the uber-popular A3tweaks release, AltKeyboard. It is perhaps only surpassed in expectation by the brand’s Auxo 2, which released earlier this year to much anticipation.

The rumblings about an iOS 7 compatible version of AltKeyboard have seemingly been around since iOS 7 was first jailbroken, or maybe even before that. Needless to say, AltKeyboard is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks in the community.

It’s understandable why the tweak proves to be so popular. iOS’ stock keyboard is extremely small on the iPhone, and lacks any features like “swyping,” or a 5th row of keys. Because the iPhone has pretty-much maintained its diminutive form factor throughout its lifespan, there’s just not a lot of room for keyboard expansion when it comes to literally increasing the size of the keys or the number of available keys available on screen at once.

With that in mind, AltKeyboard 2 builds on the same formula that made the original release such a success. It adds functionality to the stock keyboard without increasing its size. Have a look at our full walkthrough of AltKeyboard 2 after the jump.
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‘ActiveBoard’ helps you easily identify running applications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 23, 2014

The just released ActiveBoard is the successor to iOS 6’s ActiveDock jailbreak tweak. It allows you to quickly identify active applications without opening the App Switcher.

The tweak, which is again designed by Surenix and developed by Filippo Bigarella, is a bit more ambitious than its predecessor. Whereas ActiveDock only applied to the applications running in the iOS 6 dock, ActiveBoard, as its name so implies, can influence all app icons on the entire iOS 7 SpringBoard.

Not only does ActiveBoard identify running applications, but it can help you to quickly identify apps with awaiting notifications. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to see ActiveBoard in motion. Read More

 

Apex 2 brings iOS 7 compatibility to the popular app-grouping tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 23, 2014

Apex 2 is the sequel to the original jailbreak tweak, which allowed users to group app icons in folder-like structures. The update, which is compatible with iOS 7, was just released today.

Like its predecessor, Apex 2 allows users to group up to four additional sub-apps to a primary app icon. Each sub-app can be revealed by performing a swipe up, swipe down, or double-tap gesture on the primary icon.

We got our hands on the final build of Apex 2, and like always, we’ve created a video walkthrough for your enjoyment. Have a look inside to see what makes Apex 2 tick.
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